What is Online Safety?
Online Safety (or e-Safety) is a fundamental element of safeguarding children and young people. In today’s society, young people engage with new technologies on a daily basis and experience a wide range of difficult situations, as well as opportunities.
In order to safeguard them appropriately in the digital world, we must empower and educate young people to manage risk and develop resilience; equipping them with the skills to make safe and responsible decisions for themselves online, rather than simply restricting access.
How does it apply to you?
Online safety is an integral part of schools’ wider safeguarding remit, as outlined in ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016’ and Ofsted’s Inspection Framework. All schools and settings are required to provide online safety education and embed e-Safety in their safeguarding and child protection procedures.
How can we help?
The Education Safeguarding Advisor (Online Protection) provides specialist consultancy and support for education settings, regarding online safety issues such as: cyber-bullying, indecent images, filtering, acceptable use and professional behaviour.
The e-Safety Development Officer’s role is to provide online safety training for staff and develop educational resources for schools/ settings to use with children and young people.
What we offer:
- Access to professional advice and guidance regarding online safety, with contacts in national and local agencies.
- Experience in dealing confidentially with online protection and safeguarding incidents.
- Assistance and advice regarding online safeguarding policy and procedure.
- Experience working with governing bodies and school leadership.
- Quality assured training for staff to raise awareness of online safeguarding issues.
- Innovative e-Safety ambassador training for students in upper KS2.
We do not charge for consultations regarding online safeguarding concerns, however, safeguarding reviews, policy support and staff training is delivered on the basis of £300 for half a day and £600 for a full day.
e-Safety ambassador training is available “e-Safety Ambassador training is currently available for upper KS2 pupils as a bespoke package for schools in local collaborations costs £650 for a full day.
Centralised training for Designated Safeguarding Leads (schools, colleges and early years settings) can be found on the CPD Online website.
To find out more please contact Rebecca Avery (Safeguarding Advisor for Online Protection) on 03000 415797, or Ashley Assiter (e-Safety Development Officer) on 03000 422148. Alternatively, e-mail them at email@example.com